Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tell the UK Kindle store to price match Rys Rising to free

UPDATE 12/29: Although Amazon UK resumed price matching Rys Rising: Book I to free in November, for a Christmas present to its customers it returned to charging money for this free sample this week. Please, if you can, tell Amazon UK to price match to free this title. Or visit the store links below to get your free copy elsewhere.

For the second time in a month the Amazon Kindle store has tried to charge money for Rys Rising: Book I even though it is free everywhere else on the planet. Briefly this week the US Kindle store tried to undo price matching but it did not last long thankfully. However, the UK Kindle store is still ignoring the fact that this novel is meant to be a free sample.

I'm hoping UK readers will keep nudging Amazon to price match. You can do this by scrolling down the Amazon listing page for Rys Rising until you get to the "product details" section. Then you will see a link that says "Tell us about a lower price."

You can then inform Amazon UK that Rys Rising is free at these other UK retailers:

UK Nook

UK iTunes


It helps me very much to have the first book in the series free. It is about the way I have to attract any attention and get people to try my fiction. This discovery system generates sales of other novels for me.

I'd like to emphasize that I do not have a way to make my novel free within the Amazon system, unlike all the other retailers I deal with. Amazon requires that I sell exclusively at their stores before it will give me the ability to allow any free ebooks. I simply can't do this for three reasons: 1. It would take me weeks or months to get my products removed from the catalogs of other companies. 2. It would cost me thousands of dollars in lost revenue to yank my products from other retailers. 3. It would be against my business interests to deal exclusively with one distribution company.

But Amazon will eventually price match other retailers if even people tell them.